Saturday, June 03, 2017

U.S. Veterans Use Greek Tragedy to Tell Us About War

Classics major Bryan Doerries wanted to help a growing and vulnerable population of veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, many of whom come home from combat with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicidal thoughts.

The result is Theater of War, a project which has staged more than 400 performances for veterans across the country. Doerries asked high-profile actors, including Adam Driver, Frances McDormand and David Strathairn, to read from the war plays of Sophocles. After the reading, the veterans in the audience talk about their own trauma and their trouble readjusting to civilian life.



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